Desert Rose Lodge

Desert Rose, Nyiro ward, Samburu North, Samburu, Rift Valley, Kenya – Show more hotels in Kenya

Location: Lake Turkana, Northern region, Kenya


A unique eco-friendly lodge located at 5,500 feet (1676 meters) above sea level on the verdant cedar forest slopes of Mt Nyiru which towers majestically above the Elbarta plains, between Karisia Mountains and Lake Turkana in North Kenya.

Consisting of five unique houses accommodating up to twelve people. The remote location of the lodge, its closeness to nature, amid the wilderness creates a unique atmosphere of spirituality, and attracts not only people but also wild animals, like the friendly leopard which lives nearby and can be heard from a distance in the early morning and at dusk. There is no network at the lodge. However, there is a place we normally refer to as the “Safaricom rock”, where if the weather permits, you can get some network, hence the name.

The main lounge and pool area have been hand crafted to blend with the indigenous gardens, landscaped to enhance the dramatic views. In the main lounge, guests have at their disposal a fully stocked bar, a sitting room and a fireplace. If you wish, you can also make a bonfire outdoors in a specially prepared fire site.

Uniqueness of this Camp

This Lodge has concerns on how water, electricity, recycling and nature is respected.  By requesting the lights be turned off when you do not need them. Unplug cell phones and other electronic devices once they are charged. By using your towels more than once helps the lodge save water, electricity, soap, and labor. By recycling almost everything the Lodge uses, from paper to plastic bottles. Putting the trash in the bins. It will be collected and recycled and by observing animals and insects from a respectful distance and stay on the marked trails while on a trek.

The whole philosophy of Desert Rose is GREEN. It uses only natural sources of energy, from a gravity fed water system to solar water heating and power. It is made of organic materials: stone and cedar and is among the only lodges in Kenya where all design elements, from furniture and fireplaces to baths and toilet paper holders are hand-made.


Wooden House: This is the perfect setting for honeymooners, as the name; made from dry cedar wood, the cottage illuminates in a red/ golden colour for romantic settings. A veranda with a table for romantic dinners and breakfasts, a view to the river and sound of the water falling from the waterfall. With a wooden bathtub for two people bath and shower.

Stone House: a King size bed, with an open space made of stones picked from the surrounding area, blending with the natural setting, secluded with the feeling of tranquility and restfulness that will make you unwilling to leave this cottage. The perfect setting of the bed and windows opening to the view of the Elbater plateau, a perfect place for coffee/tea in bed before beginning your day. With an outdoor shower and stone bathtub.

Twin Light: an open space design, with huge windows looking to the Alberta plateau and the Ndoto hills. Veranda with seats made from stones for lazy evenings and mornings with an outside shower and bathtub.

Twin Moon: Has two twin beds, with a large veranda for lazy afternoon and evening reading or to have a beverage. An outside bathtub made from stone and a shower, a huge rock blending in the walls and being a part of the house. 3rd bed can be added to this house.

Family House: Two-Storey house with a double bed upstairs, two twin beds downstairs for the children. An indoor bathroom, with a shower and bathtub to have hot baths whenever needed.

Gemini Tents: Luxury tents with handmade wood finishing and shower,  stunning view to one of the summits of Mt. Nyiru range side… surrounded by lush green bush to give you that wilderness and special taste for morning coffee. This tent can accommodate 3 beds of 1 double, and 2 single beds)


Lodge Amenities: Free parking, Restaurant, lodge swimming pool (no lifeguard), bar/lounge, room service, Non-smoking rooms, sitting room with a fire place. Children are welcome, with no age restriction, as long as they are supervised, complimentary Wi-Fi around the lobby and pool area.


Visit of Suguta Valley, Lake Turkana, Lake Logipi, South Island National Park, Nabiyotum crater, Ol Donyo Nyiru hills, Chalbi Desert.

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  • 24-hour Security
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  • Bird Watching
  • Bush Walks
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  • Scenic Airplane Trips
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